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Special Minhagim Of Tikkun Chatzos In The 3 Weeks
There is a minhag of many great tzaddikim to rise each night at midnight for Tikkun Chatzos and bitterly mourn the churban Bais HaMikdash and the galus of the Shechina. Many people who do not say Tikun Chatzos during the year are noheg to say it during the three weeks.
The Mishna Berura (551:103) brings from the writings of the Arizal that one should cry for the Bais Hamikdash for half an hour after midday each day during the three weeks. In the famed Yeshiva of Pressburg they used to say Tikun Chatzos at midday during the three weeks. Others argue with this minhag and say that Tikkun Chatzos should only be said privately as this is an emotional time an individual should spend alone with Hashem. (Piskei Tshuva)
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